25 November 2014
If you're a fan of wakeboarding, and you're looking for the perfect car to support your (rather awesome) hobby, then look no further. The perfect car is not, as you might guess, a Jeep Wrangler, but is instead a Ferrari F50. How do I know this? Because I've found an educational YouTube video demonstrating just how perfect the F50 is for towing wakeboarders. Watch and learn.
18 November 2014
By now you probably know what to expect from Ken Block's Gymkhana videos. That is, a custom-built car with a crazy powerful engine, ridiculous amounts of tyre smoke, thousands of donuts, many jumps, and miles and miles of drifting. And the latest video, Gymkhana 7, features all that and more. This time it's set on the closed-off roads of Los Angeles (and includes a rather meta donut around a giant donut), and the star is a stupendously noisy modified 1965 Ford Mustang. It looks fun.
11 November 2014
It wasn't all that long ago when most cars came with a five-speed gearbox, with one or two coming with a six-speeder. Then car makers started unveiling seven-speed gearboxes, and eight-speed gearboxes, and, most recently, nine-speed gearboxes. Now, Volkswagen has taken things to the next level yet again, by revealing a ten-speed DSG gearbox (that's ten as in, 10!).
7 November 2014
The McLaren 650S is an astonishing car. The P1, even more so. But both cars are extremely expensive (mindbogglingly so in the P1's case) supercars. Up to now McLaren hasn't had what you might call an 'entry-level' sports car. But next year, they've got one coming, and they've just revealed the car's name.
5 November 2014
The Fast And The Furious. A film franchise that, seven movies in, still hasn't quite decided on the correct format for its name. We've had 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6, and of course The Fast And The Furious (and Tokyo Drift). We're now on 'Furious 7', a movie that, based on this trailer, continues the utterly ridiculous plot lines and stunts from the previous entrants in the franchise. And just like the other films, it's probably going to be a rather fun ride. Assuming you suspend disbelief a bit more than you might normally for a movie.
31 October 2014
Seeing a LaFerrari is a pretty rare occurrence. Seeing two is about as common as seeing Jeremy Clarkson doing manual labour. But of course, if you're in certain neighbourhoods - such as Beverly Hills - then the chances of seeing a LaFerrari are greatly increased. Even more so if it's Ferrari's 60th anniversary, and they're organizing a convoy of some description.
29 October 2014
Last week we saw footage of Audi's autonomous RS7 pounding around the Hockenheimring. Whilst it wasn't actually racing any other vehicles, it still appeared to get round the circuit in a very rapid time. The fact that there's a 550bhp V8 under the bonnet didn't hurt, of course, but the computers certainly did a very good job of judging the available grip and conditions. Sadly, this RS7 is just a technology demonstrator. But how soon is it before we might see production cars, or production race cars with the technology?
28 October 2014
We're suffering from a distinct lack of Top Gear on the airwaves at the moment. Well, unless you count all the endless repeats on Dave and BBC Three. But, good news! Christmas is (slightly scarily) just around the corner, and that means there's a brand new Top Gear DVD incoming! Imaginatively called 'The Perfect Road Trip 2', it looks like all we'd expect from Messers Hammond and Clarkson. There's McLarens, Lamborghinis, speed boat races and Hammond managing to crash an F-Type. Ouch.
21 October 2014
Autonomous cars will be here sooner than you think. And if Audi get their way, those autonomous cars will be only too happy to take you on very fast laps of your favorite race circuits. Whether you find that experience exhilarating or utterly terrifying is another matter entirely, of course.
14 October 2014
Country manors, tranquil gardens, orangeries and grassland suggests a slow and relaxed way of life. Perhaps you might perambulate the garden in the late afternoon, possibly stopping to look at the lake and its trout. Which is all well and good, but if you like the occasional adrenaline thrill, then one way to improve the experience would be to traverse the garden at high speed - preferably drifting - in, say, a Rolls-Royce Wraith. Or at least, that's what these guys did. Mind the tree.